E-NEWS: SEPTEMBER 23, 2021

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Terry O’Sullivan and Armand Sabitoni re-elected to General President and General Secretary-Treasurer of Laborers’ International Union of North America

For Immediate Release: September 22, 2021                            

Contact: Michael F. Sabitoni (401)-331-8682

LIUNA reelects O’Sullivan and Sabitoni to lead 500,000-member union

Providence, RI: The 10,000 members of the Rhode Island Laborers’ District Council (RILDC) congratulate Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA) General President Terry O’Sullivan, General Secretary-Treasurer Armand E. Sabitoni, Vice President Vincent R. Masino and the entire LIUNA General Executive Board on their unanimous re-elections by the delegates at the 26th LIUNA International Convention, held virtually earlier today.

For over 20 years, O’Sullivan and Sabitoni have led the 500,000 member International Union throughout the United States and Canada. Under their leadership, LIUNA continues to grow and its members continue to earn family-supporting wages and benefits, and the opportunity for advancement and better lives.

“We sincerely congratulate General President O’Sullivan, General Secretary-Treasurer Sabitoni, and Vice President Masino on their historic re-election. These individuals personify our union motto of justice, honor, and strength and we are especially proud that two of our very own will continue to lead our great union.” stated Michael F. Sabitoni, Business Manager, RILDC.

Armand E. Sabitoni, a proud member of Laborers’ Local 271 in Providence, Rhode Island, for more than 50 years, has held LIUNA’s second highest ranking position of General Secretary-Treasurer since May of 2001. Vincent R. Masino, a proud member of Laborers’ Local 1033 in Providence, RI for more than 50 years, serves as Vice President on the LIUNA General Executive Board.

“The future of our union, for our hard-working members and their families, is poised for growth and continued success under the leadership of these tireless and respected labor leaders,” stated Michael F. Sabitoni.  


For immediate release: September 17, 2021                      

Contact: Patrick Crowley ▪ 401.330.6870 ▪ patrick@riaflcio.com

RI AFL-CIO announces endorsement of Hilary Levey Friedman in Senate District 3 special election

Providence, RI – The Rhode Island AFL-CIO today announced their endorsement of Hilary Levey Friedman in the race to succeed Senator Gayle Goldin in Senate District 3 in Providence.

“Hilary is the right candidate in this race to stand up for working people,” stated Rhode Island AFL-CIO President George Nee. “We believe she will support issues and legislation that is important to both the people of her district and our members – promoting public safety; ensuring the wealthiest Rhode Islanders pay their fair share in taxes; properly funding programs for individuals with developmental disabilities and those who care for them; ensuring our public school teachers and support professionals have the tools and resources they need to help our students succeed; protecting safe staffing levels in our nursing homes; supporting a stronger apprenticeship law that can be used as an economic engine to train a young workforce in the construction and trades industries; as well as a number of other issues that help working people and families.”

The Rhode Island AFL-CIO represents roughly 80,000 union members across the state of Rhode Island. The democratic primary in the District 3 election will be held on Tuesday, October 5, 2021. Early voting at City Hall and by mail has already begun.


Laborers Local 271 Twitter:
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Woonsocket Call: Lincoln casino announces new name, breaks ground on $100M expansion

LINCOLN – State officials, Twin River Casino representatives, local leaders and members of the organizations set to construct it, kickedoff a $100 million renovation project at the state’s premiere gambling revenue operation with a traditional toss of gravel for its ground-breaking on Thursday.

The event outside Twin River’s existing two-story casino, entertainment and restaurant facility at the former Lincoln Downs and Lincoln Greyhound track property included the Bally’s Corporation move to rename its Lincoln casino, Bally’s Twin River Lincoln Casino Resort, and it’s smaller Rhode Island gambling outlet in Tiverton as Bally’s Tiverton Casino & Hotel.

The rebranding is part of an overall upgrade of Bally’s Rhode Island operations highlighted by Twin River’s transformation with a new 40,000-squarefoot single-story additional to the existing casino for relocation of gaming now on the second floor as well as a 10,000-square-foot addition to the existing 41000-square-foot health and wellness spa in Twin River’s hotel. That phase of the project, creating a new Korean-style spa, will also construct a new porte-cochere entranceway to hotel and spa. Read more here.


SEIU 1199 Rhode Island Facebook:

CONGRATS to Groden members who stuck together through a very tough negotiations and won a strong new contract! Behavior specialists and clerical staff won big raises (average $2.04/hr, 14% increase), improved safety for students and staff, and protected their health insurance and other benefits. This was not an easy fight but together, Groden frontline caregivers have emerged stronger together!


UFCW: NEW REPORT: Cannabis Workers Unionizing Leads to Higher Quality Jobs and Increases Standards in Fast-Growing Industry

Cannabis Workers of Color Earn Up to 32 Percent More, Highlighting an Opportunity to Advance Economic Justice with Unions in this Growing Industry.

America’s Largest Cannabis Union Calls on State and Federal Legislators to Ensure More Quality Jobs by Encouraging Union Organizing and Industry Cooperation with Labor Peace Agreements as Legalization Continues.

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW), called on federal and state legislators to build on the success of the cannabis industry in creating high quality, better paying jobs for hardworking Americans. A new report released today by the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) found that unionization was key to ensuring new jobs created in the fast-growing cannabis industry were safer, better paying, and more likely to provide benefits like health care, paid leave, and fair scheduling. The report also found that Labor Peace Agreements (LPAs) between companies and workers in the industry successfully protected the right of cannabis workers to unionize while supporting greater alignment between companies and workers. This led to increased job quality and pay standards for all workers, particularly those of color, in addition to increased safety for customers and workers. Specifically, unionized cannabis workers can earn up to $8,690 more than their non-union, non-cannabis peers. This model provides a tangible opportunity to repair the harm done to communities of color during the war on drugs.

Read more here.


IATSE: AMPTP Film and Television Negotiations Stalled, Union to Hold Nationwide Strike Authorization Vote

LOS ANGELES, CA — After months of negotiating successor contracts to the Producer-IATSE Basic Agreement, and the Theatrical and Television Motion Picture Area Standards Agreement, the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) announced Monday it does not intend to make any counteroffer to the IATSE’s most recent proposal.

Throughout the bargaining process, the AMPTP has failed to work with us on addressing the most grievous problems in their workplaces, including:

  • Excessively unsafe and harmful working hours.
  • Unlivable wages for the lowest paid crafts.
  • Consistent failure to provide reasonable rest during meal breaks, between workdays, and on weekends.
  • Workers on certain “new media” streaming projects get paid less, even on productions with budgets that rival or exceed those of traditionally released blockbusters.

It is incomprehensible that the AMPTP, an ensemble that includes media mega-corporations collectively worth trillions of dollars, claims it cannot provide behind-the-scenes crews with basic human necessities like adequate sleep, meal breaks, and living wages. Worse, management does not appear to even recognize our core issues as problems that exist in the first place. Read more here.


The Guardian: How the US labor movement is getting to grips with the climate crisis In the beginning of this summer, the US state of Connecticut passed legislation to guarantee prevailing wage and benefits are provided to workers on clean energy projects.

The law was a product of labor unions and environmental groups working together to educate workers about the climate crisis and develop solutions, with a focus on creating good-paying, unionized jobs and opportunities to combat economic inequities.

Through organizing led in part by the Climate Jobs National Resource Center and the Workers Institute at Cornell University, this strategy has been adopted in other states around the US, such as New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Illinois and Texas. For the labor movement and environmentalists it seems a win-win: tackle the ever more urgent climate crisis while at the same time address inequality by strengthening America’s labor movement. Read more here.





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